4 Things to Remember in Times of Despair

After the events that have taken place this last week in Brussels, there has been a burden on my heart for our world. We live in a fallen world full of evil and fear. There are evil people who want to kill and destroy everyone and everything that do not agree with them. I have found myself asking God why he allows this. Why does God allow innocent people to be blown up by bombs or shot to death by a gunman? Why are there fires and tornadoes and earthquakes that kill so many people? The answer to all of these questions has come back to one simple word: sin. Sin is the reason for all of the evil in this world. Sin is the reason for sadness and despair. Sin is the reason for separation from God. Yes, our world is evil; however, our God is not. Here are 4 things that I urge you to remember in this time of utter unrest and turmoil.

1.Do not be afraid.

Psalm 23:4 states, “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Right now our world is dark and evil, but we are not called to fear. We are called to be a light in the darkness. Psalm 118:6 says, “The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” We have an eternal omnipotent God on our side. There is nothing that we should be afraid of with the creator of the universe holding us in His hands.

2. God is in control

There is nothing on this earth that has happened or will happen that God is not in complete control over. He is not oblivious or powerless to the evil that is happening. It is all in His perfect plan. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” God has a plan for every person that walks the face of the planet. He has a plan for the bomber and the one who was killed or injured by the bomb. He has every single person’ s days numbered. Nothing comes as a surprise to Him. Philippians 1:21 says, “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” As Christians we can rest assured that eternal life in heaven with God is a thousand times better than any kind of joy we could have on earth. In this we can rest assured, God has a perfect plan. We see a part, but God sees the whole thing.

3. Prayer is Powerful

In this generation an idea has come about that prayer has no power. This lie is being thrown at us from all directions. We are mocked and scorned for believing that praying to God would have any impact on anything happening around us. The truth is that we serve a living God. He is not a distant God. He is not an inactive God. He actively works in the lives of every person who follows Him. He has given us the amazing gift of prayer that we should not take for granted. It is our duty as believer to pray for the world around us. We are to pray for the leaders of our country and the leaders around the world. We are to pray for believers in other countries that they will be able to use the awful events to the glory of God. That through the horror happening around them people would come to Christ. Prayer has power, never forget.

4. God never promised an easy life

Nowhere in Scripture does it say that life will be easy. Quite the opposite actually. We are warned that there will be evil and trials. We are told to be ready to fight whatever war we are put up against. God gives us hope, however. We are told that we are not alone. God will never give us something that we cannot handle with the help of Him. There is nothing that God cannot do.

Yes, our world is messed up. There are terrible things happening left and right. There is death and destruction, but through it all there is hope. We have the eternal hope of heaven and eternity with God. We have nothing to be fearful of, instead we have everything to look forward to. There is nothing that could happen on this earth that can separate me from the hand of God. Though man is evil God is love. God has a plan, now it is our turn to trust and pray.

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